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St Kilda midfielder David Armitage may require surgery on his groin after complaining of soreness following last weekend’s win over Collingwood.
Armitage, one of the Saints’ prime movers, will have scans next week and faces an extended spell on the sidelines if surgery is needed.
He will not play in Sunday’s clash against Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
Coach Alan Richardson said on Friday the 152-game veteran was struggling to get himself right.
“He’s still pulling up really sore after games. It looks like he’ll probably miss a bit of footy,” he said.
“We don’t really know the extent of it until he has those scans, which my understanding will be about the middle of the week and then we’ll have more information then.
“It looks like he’s going to have to have, possibly, some corrective surgery but, if not, an extended rest, to make sure we get it right. We’ll know a bit more later in the week.”
Armitage had missed two matches because of the groin problem before returning against the Magpies. Richardson defended the decision to play him.
“He still did some reasonably good stuff for us. He was spent late,” he said.
“It was one of those injuries where it wasn’t going to get any worse but, hopefully, you can pull up better. That wasn’t the case. He’s a sore boy, so he’ll need to have a spell.”
While Armitage is out, the Saints are buoyed by the return of Jack Steven, who has missed the past two matches because of the punctured lung he suffered against West Coast in round two.
Steven’s run and carry will be needed against a Geelong midfield which tormented the Hawks on Easter Monday.
“It’s brilliant to have Jack back in the team. He gives us energy. He is a very dynamic midfielder with his combination of his inside work and his outside work,” Richardson said.
“We all know and respect the talent of Geelong’s midfield but it’s the depth of their midfield coming through, which is strong as (Joel) Selwood and (Patrick) Dangerfield.”
Having added to the Magpies’ poor start to the year, the Saints (2-2) have an opportunity to show they are a legitimate top-eight contender against the unbeaten Cats. The last time the clubs met was in round 14 last year when the Saints, led by Seb Ross’ 33 touches, hung on to win by three points.
Richardson said improving the Saints’ work at clearances “had been a bit of a focus” this week, while having only 24 shots at goal from 66 inside-50 entries against the Pies was not good enough.
“That’s frustrating but, in many ways, that’s positive because … we were able to get the entries,” he said.
Forward Paddy McCartin, the former No.1 pick, remains in the VFL but Richardson insists he will “an outstanding player for us” given time to develop.
St Kilda Saints:
B: J.Geary, N.Brown, J.Webster
HB: J.Newnes, J.Carlisle, D.Roberton
C: J.Billings, J.Steele, L.Montagna
HF: B.Long, N.Riewoldt, M.Weller
F: J.Gresham, J.Bruce, T.Membrey
FOL: B.Longer, S.Ross, J.Steven
I/C: L.Dunstan, B.Acres, S.Gilbert, D.Minchington
Emerg: S.Savage, J.Lonie, K.Stevens
IN: J.Steven, B.Longer, D.Minchington
OUT: D.Armitage, T.Hickey, D.Minchington
B: Z.Tuohy, T.Lonergan, A.Mackie
HB: J.Thurlow, L.Henderson, T.Stewart
C: G.Horlin-Smith, J.Selwood, M.Duncan
HF: S.Motlop, H.Taylor, N.Cockatoo
F: B.Parfitt, T.Hawkins, D.Menzel
FOL: Z.Smith, P.Dangerfield, C.Guthrie
I/C: A.Black, M.Blicavs, D.Lang, J.Murdoch
Emerg: J.Bews, T.Ruggles, R.Stanley
IN: A.Black, G.Horlin-Smith, D.Lang
OUT: S.Menegola, J.Parsons, T.Ruggles